Our partners over at the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO) have just forwarded us information on two important issues that need IMMEDIATE ACTION.
Two Bureau of Land Management Field Offices are updating their management plans, including travel management. The gang at COHVCO has been doing yeoman's work analyzing these plans and helping develop some comment ideas.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Desert District has scheduled eight public scoping meetings to gather public comments and recommendations on the preparation of Environmental Assessments (EA) for eight travel management areas within the West Mojave Planning Area. This information will be used to compile travel management area information and develop preliminary route network alternatives for the West Mojave planning area.
We wanted to pass along the latest news from the folks over at the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA). NMOHVA has appealed the Carson National Forest's decision on Travel Management for the Questa Ranger District.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vale District has released its Baker Field Office Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The RMP is being revised for BLM-administered lands within Baker, Union, Wallowa, Umatilla, Morrow and Malheur Counties in Oregon and Asotin County in Washington. The public lands that make up the "Decision Area" encompass approximately 428,425 surface acres in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.
The Fremont-Winema National Forest has launched its Motorized Trail Project to evaluate development of a system of motorized trails for use by off-highway vehicles (motorcycle, ATV or full sized vehicles).
The Coronado National Forest, located in southeastern Arizona, is proposing changes to the motorized transportation system on the Sierra Vista Ranger District. The system that is currently in place was originally established according to direction in the Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan; 1986, as amended).
BRC is issuing a National Action Alert regarding a seriously important national issue currently in play in Michigan's Huron-Manistee National Forests. The issue may affect how federal agencies implement a well-established recreation management tool, the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum or "ROS."
Skip Schulz from MiTRALE (http://mi-trale.org/) sent us an email about a survey the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting. He notes that it is very important for the DNR to know how many motorized and equestrian trail users are out there.
The Coronado National Forest, located in southeastern Arizona, is proposing changes to the motorized transportation system on the Safford Ranger District. The system that is currently in place was originally established according to direction in the Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan; 1986, as amended).
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River Valley Field Office has announced that they have extended the public comment period on its draft Colorado River Valley Resource Management Plan (RMP) until January 17, 2012. The Draft RMP was released for a 90-day public comment period on September 15, 2011. This comment period was set to end December 15, 2011. The BLM has extended the deadline to give the public additional time to review the detailed, complex draft.
BRC just received an email from Shirley Leeson, Vice President of the American Lands Access Association (ALAA), with an urgent request in regards to their upcoming January meeting in Quartzsite, Arizona.
We've pasted Shirley's email below. Please take a minute to read the alert, take action and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is one of the most important sources of funding for our motorized trail systems. Without this program, thousands of miles of motorized trails would no longer exist or would not have been possible in the first place.
The program is in jeopardy and is poised to be eliminated.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Baker Resource Area of the BLM Vale District for public review and comment.
The Planning Area is located in Baker, Malheur, Union, Wallowa, Morrow, and Umatilla Counties in Oregon and in Asotin County, Washington. This planning activity encompasses approximately 428,425 acres of public lands. This Baker RMP/EIS will revise the existing Baker RMP of 1989 and provide the Baker Field Office with an updated framework in which to administer public lands. This RMP/EIS addresses new issues, changes in resource conditions, and changes in resource management practices since the Baker RMP of 1989.
As promised, here is the update on the "Community Open House" schedule for the Douglas County Conservation Bill we blasted yesterday. A series of five open houses are planned in December to provide information and collect public comment on the proposed Conservation Bill. (See schedule below)
Chris Dickerson from Sierra 4x4 Trailers sends us news that several local OHV users have done yeoman's work participating in the process. As a result, the bill will not affect Rickey Canyon Road or Red Canyon Road, two important and popular recreational routes.
One of our New Mexico partners just sent us an update about the New Mexico Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Advisory Board's next meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2011, at the Department of Game and Fish Headquarters, Fisheries Conference Room, One Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Items on the agenda include State Lands OHV Park Proposal and Expansion Positions for the OHV Program. (See link below for complete Draft Agenda)
Many Nevada recreationists were caught off-guard when they found out that Humboldt County had asked U.S. Senator Harry Reid to designate yet another 26,000 acres of Wilderness.
Don't get caught off-guard again!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office announces a 45-day extension of the comment period on the Draft Lander Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The BLM initially scheduled 90 days for comment on the draft plan, but because of requests from state and local governments, the comment period is being extended by 45 days beyond the original closing date of December 7.
The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument is currently conducting scoping for three projects. Projects undergoing scoping are the Lower Kern Canyon and Greenhorn Mountains Off-Highway Vehicle Restoration Project (LKC/GHM OHV RP), the Borel Relicensing Recreation Enhancement Project (BRREP) and the Boulder Gulch OHV Restoration Project.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office has scheduled two public meetings on the Draft South Coast Resource Management Plan (RMP) which was released for public review and comment on September 23, 2011.
Public meetings will be held on November 29, 2011, at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, 14715 State Hwy 94 (Campo Road), Jamul, 91935 and on November 30, 2011, at the Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 6th Street, Old Town Temecula, 92590. Meetings will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
BRC just received an urgent message from Sandra Mitchell with the Idaho Recreation Council (IRC) regarding Senator Tester's Montana Wilderness Bill and Mt. Jefferson.
For those of you who missed it, BRC blasted an update on the issue last
More Shenanigans in Washington
The San Juan National Forest, located in the southwestern corner of Colorado, has announced that the Dolores Public Lands Office has released a revised Pre-decisional Environmental Assessment (EA) and Preferred Alternative for the Boggy-Glade Travel Management Plan.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lake Havasu Field Office will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, to discuss the Havasu Travel Management Plan (TMP). The meeting will be held at the Lake Havasu City Parks and Recreation Department Aquatic Center located at 100 Park Avenue, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, from 6 to 8 p.m.
BRC just received an email from Mike Swenson, Executive Director of the Utah Shared Access Alliance (USA-ALL), with a quick report on the Carbon County Commission meeting, we told you about in our October 19 Alert.
We've pasted USA-ALL's email below. Please take a minute to read the alert, take action and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies.
Last week we blasted a Wilderness update for Idaho and Montana and thought we'd whip up a quick national update on the latest legislative issues affecting recreational access.
As is often the case, our "quick" update quickly grew to 10 pages. So we made liberal use of the delete button and ended up with a very brief snapshot of the legislative issues of the day.
These are not all of the issues BRC is tracking and the update on each is very brief. Remember that BRC Action Alert subscribers will also receive any state-specific updates in addition to these national legislative updates.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the Draft Resource Management Plan (DRMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Kremmling Field Office for a 90-day public comment period. The Kremmling Draft RMP/EIS planning area encompasses 377,900 acres of BLM-managed lands and underlying federal mineral estate in all or parts of six Colorado counties: Jackson, Grand, Summit, Larimer, Eagle and Routt.
Montana Senator Jon Tester failed to secure enough support to pass his massive Wilderness bill via normal legislative process and, for the second time, is attempting to "back door" the bill into law.
Tester slipped the newly titled "Montana Forest Jobs and Restoration Initiative" into the Senate's Interior Department appropriations bill. The bill was formally called the "Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2011."
The Olympic National Forest has announced the next meeting regarding potential future Off Road Vehicle (ORV) recreational opportunities in the Calawah watershed. The purpose of the public meeting is to discuss a proposed route for ORV riding in the Calawah Watershed.
The Cibola National Forest and Grasslands has released the Draft Land and Resources Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Kiowa, Rita Blanca, Black Kettle, and McClellan Creek National Grasslands. The documents have been posted on the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands website: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31418. Hard copies or CDs are available by calling 505-346-3889.
We wanted to let our Action Alert Subscribers know that the Huron-Manistee National Forest has released the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) regarding the revised Forest Plan for public review and comment.
Many of you will remember that this supplemental planning effort was mandated after a lawsuit was filed seeking to ban hunting and snowmobiling in certain areas of the forest.
The Forest Service has announced the release of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for Motorized Vehicle Use on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest for public review and comment. The DSEIS supplements the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) issued December 2009. The purpose of the DSEIS is to clarify issues, expand on analyses and provide additions, changes and corrections that are responsive to issues brought forth from administrative appeals of the FEIS.